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Kpo- The Cousin Of Bpo









KPO-Challenges & Future

“Knowledge process outsourcing may be the next Boom Business”

The firmament of outsourcing is studded with the variety of bright and shining stars such as BPO, KPO, HRO, FPO, LPO, EPO etc. after the appearance of BPO; it is KPO which is assuming the popularity like Venus the brightest star. From the time immemorial knowledge has been considered as in all fields, be it spiritual, religious, learning, welfare, law, justice, administration or economic.

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Since knowledge is considered as supreme power, power is a prime mover of all the activities. Knowledge is a theoretical or practical understanding or a person’s range of administration, it is evident, that the information is knowledge. Due to technological advancement knowledge is no more a personal attribute it earn now be easily transformed and transmitted and can be should and used by other commodities. It is now no more non-economic, non transferable and personal property.


Knowledge Process Outsourcing. Knowledge management is the hottest subject of the day. The question is: what is this activity called knowledge management and why is it so important to each and every one of us? The outsourcing industry is also termed as BPO industry which has given birth to its improved from termed as knowledge process outsourcing (KPO). KPO is a refined form and an extension of Business process outsourcing (BPO). KPO provides value to the client through expertise rather than process expertise. The KPO which is an extension of BPO is the high value; high growth that is independent of the co-existence of the BPO. According to the reports of global sourcing now the KPO is expected to reach $ 17 billion by 2010 out of which Indian’s share would be $ 12 billion. Knowledge process outsourcing, or KPO, is the latest wave to hit the outsourcing business in India. A booming sector with tremendous potential, the KPO sector in India employs around 25,000 people currently. KPO is knowledge process outsourcing. It involves outsourcing for high-end knowledge work. This includes research and work on intellectual, equity finance, analytics, market research and data management, et cetera. KPO industry is consisted of high skilled expertise that perform the work on typical domain based process and yield high level result with maximum customer satisfaction.


KPO is knowledge Process Outsourcing. It involves outsourcing for high-end knowledge work. This includes research and work on intellectual property, equity and finance, analytics, market research and data management, et cetera.

It is being claimed that KPO is one step extension of Business processing Outsourcing (BPO) because BPO Industry is shaping knowledge process outsourcing because of its favorable advantageous and future scope. But, let us not treat a ‘B’ replaced by a ‘K’. in fact, knowledge process can be defined as high added value processes chain where the achievement of objectives is highly dependent on the activity. And when this activity gets outsourced a new business activity emerges, which is generally known as knowledge process outsourcing.

Knowledge processing outsourcing (popularly known as a KPO), calls for the application of specialized domain pertinent knowledge of a high level. The KPO typically involves a component of Business processing Outsourcing (BPO), Research process Outsourcing (RPO) and Analysis Process Outsourcing (APO). KPO business entities provide typical domain-based processes, advanced analytical skills and business expertise, rather than just process expertise.

There is a high probability rate of the success of KPO in India as organizations have come to the conclusion that it is more beneficial for them to outsource the non-core services and concentrate on the core competency services only. These non-core services will provide a huge market for the organization dealing in the outsourcing activities as a large number of companies have invited applications and yet many other are in the lieu.

Scope of KPO:

According to a report of National Association of Software and services companies (NASSCOM), the Indian chamber of commerce that serves as an interface to the Indian software industry, knowledge process outsourcing industry (KPO) is expected it reach USD 17 billion by 2010, of which USD 12 billion would be outsourced to India.

According to a recent study by “Evalueserve (a Gurgaon based outsourcing company) having service chart for global world”, the global KPO market is expected to grow at a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of 46 percent, from $1.2 billion in 2003 to $17 billion in 2010. Compare this with the prediction for the low-end outsourcing services market. This is expected to have a CAGR of 26 percent, from $ 7.7billion to $39.8 billion in the same period. Evalueserve says India provided $3.5 billion of BPO and KPO (but non-IT) services in 2003. Hence, it is likely to earn $30 billion in 2010 by providing these services.

According to Evaluesrve, the KPO industry in India had only 9,000 billable

Professionals in India, generating revenue of 260 million dollars during 2000-01. This number has growth to 75,400 by 2006-07 with 3.05 billion dollars in revenue at annual growth rate of 51 percent.

The anticipated success in KPO comes after the success of Business process Outsourcing (BPO) in the country, which accounts for revenues of 15.8 billion dollar in 2006-07, a jump from just 7.7 billion in 2003-04.

Another report predicts that India will capture more than 70 percent of the KPO sector by 2010. A part from India, countries such as Russia, China, the Czech Republic, Ireland, and Israel are also expected to join the KPO industry.

According to Achal Khanna (Country General Manager), Kelly services, “India still maintains the competitive advantage for providing, the combination of the most cost-effective and high quality manpower-this is the off-shoring business”.

According to s report by Global Sourcing NOW, the global knowledge process outsourcing industry (KPO) is expected to reach USD 17 billion by 2010, of which USD 12 billion would be outsourced to India. In addition, the Indian KPO sector is also expected to employ more than 250,000 KPO professionals by 2010, compared with the current figure of 25,000 employees.

The Indian Proposition:

The myth that Indian companies can only provide “software coolies” is soon changing to the reality of Indian companies being capable of almost anything, even rocket science! India has a large pool of knowledge workers in various sectors ranging from pharmacy. Medicine, Law, Biotechnology, Education & Training, Engineering, Analytics, Design & Animation, Research & Development, Paralegal Content and even Intelligence services.

This talent is soon being discovered and tapped by leading businesses across the globe resulting in the outsourcing of high-end processes it low-wage destinations. Hence knowledge process Outsourcing involves off shoring of knowledge intensive business processes that require specialized domain expertise.

Indian is always taken as one of the biggest challenger in the world market for providing the BPO services. These are many reasons for India to be strong contender in the world of outsourcing service. Moving ahead in the path, KPO emerges as the specialized branch of BPO where only a certain degree of specialized services will be provided and the high and services will be considered to be served. India is again seen as one of the most preferred location due to its competitive advantage over rest of the countries. Some of the reasons for India to be signified as one of the most preferred location are:

· High rate of Expertise Pool.

· Cost Advantage (Compared to other countries).

· Accent clarity and English Proficiency.

· Flexible Time Horizons.

· High Computer Literacy rate.

· High rate of (selected) Domain Specialization.

· High rate of professional graduates (especially Science and Mathematics).

· Attractive Location.

A survey predicts that the Indian KPO market will grow about 49 percent by 2010(While the BPO sector is slated to grow 30.6 percent). At present, around 25,000 professionals are employed in the KPO industry. The figure is expected to shoot up to 2.5 lakh by 2010.

In 2003, the market share of Indian KPO sector in global KPO market was 56%. And it is expected to reach 71% in 2010, which shows a decent growth of the sector in the coming years. According to NASSCOM, KPO sector worldwide is expected to reach USD 17 billion by 2010. out of this, India will account for USD 12 billion.

These are reasons with the youth of the country to shift from the traditional jobs to the new sector KPO. KPO are not only providing the opportunity for growth but at the same time are also satisfying the inner urge of the youth to serve something creative in their field and show their talent to the world while earning a high rate of perks. Some of the reasons because of which there is a swift shift from traditional jobs to the KPO’s are:

1. High rate of monetary.

2. Highly skilled expertise service requirement.

3. Space for Innovativeness.

4. High rate of freedom to perform the operations.

5. Highly recognized brands associations.

6. Flexibility in work completion.

7. More research and analytical work associated.

8. Non-traditional lines of procedural guidelines.

Companies actively participating in KPO based activities (In India):

In India, these are a large number of organizations who are dealing in KPO related activities. These organizations are active KPO service providers in the market and are providing the high end services with the help of the experienced expertise. Some of the organizations which are dealing in the KPO sector (In India) are:

a) ICICI One source.

b) EXL Services.

c) Tech Books.

d) Genpact.

e) Evalueserve.

f) 24/7 Customer.

g) Copal Partners.

All these organizations are dealing the KPO related activities through which they are providing high end service to the customers. These companies are generating a huge amount of revenue from these services and are dealing with national and international clients.

KPO service in India:

The boom in the Business process Outsourcing (BPO) industry has been the key factor behind the origin of knowledge process Outsourcing (KPO). Effective and accurate results from offshore companies in the BPO sector have encouraged US, UK and other clients to outsource responsible data analysis work. KPO is more advanced version of offshore outsourcing than BPO. As its name says it all, KPO services is a processing of complex data i.e. knowledge, rather than just the raw data. Knowledge processing outsourcing comprises of more advanced Data Manipulation, data Analysis and Data Research.

Industry leaders are brought together to create knowledge from the information they have. This information driven knowledge outsourcing as knowledge process outsourcing or KPO. Knowledge management can be considered a private activity where company or employee’s private data is manipulated or researched to improvise on performance. It makes it more profitable for organization where employees’ knowledge research is linked to companies’ knowledge base. The temptation to outsource this high end processing is because of low wage destinations like India, China and Philippines.

KPO service India is not just restricted to IT (Information Technology) or ITES (Information Technology Enabled services), but it can be exploited for many other sectors like Business Research, Business and Technical Analytics, Property related Services, Market Research, Legal Research, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Research, Clinical Research, Learning Solutions, Animation and Design, Writing and Content Development, Training and Consultancy services and many more.

As KPO is a new buzz word in the offshore Industry, it has some challenges to face-As it delivers high significance to the business or organization by providing domain-based practices and business expertise, it requires advanced analytical, specialized and skilled knowledge workers. Maintaining the quality standards of the results;

Infrastructure facilities and investment; and confidentiality and Security of personal Data are some of the areas look upon.



· Large talented pool

· Quality IT Training

· Low labour costs

· Success of BPOs

· Good knowledge of project management skills

· Supportive government policies

· Many new areas of specialization are being covered making KPO sector spreading its wings

· Consideration to quality standards like ISO 900x and Six Sigma

· Billing rates arte lower as compared to billing rates in other countries .


  • Immoral and unethical practices related to handing of crucial data
  • Rising Wages
  • The inability to uniformly develop and provide infrastructural requirements as real estate prices are rising in major cities.
  • Inadequate Intellectual property Rights (IPR) protection regime in India
  • Billing rates are higher as compared to billing rates in BPOs


  • Increasing domain expertise
  • More areas of specialization can be added to KPOs
  • Ample opportunities for SMEs


  • Non retention of talent
  • Expected labour supply gap as jobs grow faster than the workforce.

High-end services that can be outsourced to India:

Here are some KPO services that can be outsourced to India:

· Research & development

· Business and technical Analysis

· Learning solutions

· Animation & design

· Business Market Research

· Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

· Medical Services

· Writing & content Development

· Legal Services

· Intellectual Property (IP) Research

· Data Analytics

· Network Management

· Training & consultancy

Pro and cons of outsourcing :

Outsourcing has many advantages but at the vantages but at the same time it some disadvantages that cannot be ignored. So let us look at some outsourcing pros and cons.

Pros of Outsourcing :

Outsourcing as a trend has come into major scrutiny by the workers and media alike in the developed countries. But most economists are sure that this condition is just a temporary one and will die down as conditions develop and people start taking a mature outlook towards outsourcing. The outsourcing advantage lies in the fact that it helps companies cut costs and stay ahead in the competition. Outsourcing also benefits the citizens in developed counties as it provides high quality products at a cheaper rate also with beer customer service.

Advantages and Benefits of outsourcing :

· Companies can save up on operational costs. In fact most companies can cut their operating costs to half by outsourcing.

· Get access to cheaper and mire efficient labor

· Cut up on labor training cost

· Get access to better technologies at a cheaper cost

· Increase productivity

· Concentrate on core competencies

The short term benefits gained through outsourcing:

· Ability to focus resources and attention on core business processes.

· Reduced human resource management costs

· Access as needed to specialized resources

· Refinement of risk management, project management, and service delivery abilities.

· Implementation of demand management and service delivery disciplines.

· More accurate process management and support operations.

Typical long-term benefits include:

· More predictable results-based budgeting for the outsourced function over the period of a certain outsourcing agreement.

· Joint and interactive problem solving and creativity.

· Superior management of the business and operations portfolio.

· Better management, contracting, and outsourcing integration skills.

Irrespective of certain failures are entering the race of outsourcing.

Cons of outsourcing:

Outsourcing is seen by companies in developed countries and workers in developing countries as a boom. But is the situation really that green? Let us look at some disadvantage of outsourcing.

Disadvantages of outsourcing :

· The company that outsourcers can get into serious trouble if the service provider refuses to provide business due to bankruptcy , lack of funds, labor etc

· Outsourcing requires the control of the process being outsourced by transferred to the service provider. Thus the company may loose control over its process

· The service provider in developing countries generally services many companies. So there are many chances of partiality owing to more payment by other parties due to outsourcing and of people in the company that outsourcing and may not work properly

· The attitude of people in the developed countries against companies that outsource is generally

These disadvantages are the reasons why companies should think twice before outsourcing. Companies should adopt a planned approach to wards outsourcing taking into account the interests of employees and customers alike and come up with a balanced advance. Outsourcing services simply to beat competition or to follow your competitors can lead to problems in the future.

Challenges faced by KPO Industry:

KPO attracts the eyes of the organizations but at the same it comprises of certain problems also. KPO faces certain challenges which are a serious concern for the future period as they can distract the normal pace functioning of organizations and hinder in providing the high end customer services to the end customer. The challenges which are faced by the KPO industry are as follows:

a) Rise in the standards of quality:

With the emergence of KPO’ s there emerges requirement of high quality standards of work. BPO are based on the systematic routine working which have set procedures to be done which is based on experience, intellectual capacity and analytical skills with combination of technical knowledge. All these factors together make the quality standard tough and difficult to be followed.

b) Lack of required talented employees:

KPO also faces the problem of having low rate of talented employee’s pool because of which the services can nit be completed within the desired time and with expected efficiency. Unlike BPO, where the jobs are routine in nature and average intelligence level is required,

c) Maintaining higher degree of confidentiality.

KPO maintains high degree of confidentiality as there work is much more sophisticated and confidentiality in nature as compared to that of BPO’ s. KPO’ s. have to maintain the desired level of confidentiality and is also expected to provide superior quality services as compared to their counterparts.

d) Rise in the investment in KPO infrastructure:

With the evolution of KPO, the investment pattern has also risen up. KPO serves high

end services for which the infrastructure requirement differs as compared to the infrastructure required for the BPO. Fore KPO, high level investment in infrastructure is required through which the services can be provided on the base line of se standards.

Future of KPO:

In the future , it is envisaged that KPO has a high potential as it is not restricted only to information technology (IT) or information Technology Enabled services (ITES) sectors, and includes other sectors like intellectual property related services, Business Research and Analytics, Legal Research, clinical Research, publishing, Market Research (Market research KPO), etc

“Over the past year or two the outsourcing industry has been throwing up jobs for doctors, Engineers , CAS , Architects.” Says Jacob William of the Bangalore-buzz, big –bucks area of knowledge process outsourcing. “Unlike the first wave which was more about entering data and answering phone calls, these jobs involve skill and expertise.

Also, of course, the is much more affordable. “ Law firms in the US charge an average, of $400-450per hour, and we and we do the same work for $15to $100 an hour” says kamlani “ who is an outsourcing provider the area.

In the Indian context, KPO salaries could be 25-50 per cent higher than those offered to the same domain experts, such as Engineer, doctor, CA, Lawyer, Architect, Biotechnologist , Economist station and MBA, it said.

In its annual publication Strategic Review 2005, Nasscom has said the high –end activity of the BPO industry—the KPO or knowledge process outsourcing could be worth $15.5 billion by 2010.

According to earlier estimates, the BPO industry itself was expected to be about $20bn by 2008, hence a very significant portion the –in excess of 50%is now project to be knowledge based. This represent significant metamorphosis of centre sector business to completely different model. Interestingly, Sunil Mehta, Nasscom vice–president research , distances himself from the estimates.

The projection are based on a white paper released by Evaluserve. The paper cites reasons for a possible KPO boom. It says higher savings by outsourcing knowledge based activities combined with the scarcity of specialized talent in developed countries could lead to growth in the KPO sector.

Billing rates for KPO are higher at $30-45 per hour compared to just $10-14 in the BPO business. However, the paper also of several challenges like higher quality standards, greater investment and inadequate talent.

The study estimates that while the compounded grow rate of BPO till 2010 would be just 26% KPO is expected to be grow at almost 46%.

Bottlenecks in Future Growth

A study on knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) sector shows a huge supply gap that threatens to cripple its growth. Research, a UK- based research services company, has gathered evidence suggesting that the KPO market may just about reach a size of $5 billion by 2010 manned by 100,000 people instead of projection of a $12 billion market supported by 250,000 employees.

This accentuates Nasscom’s projection of a shortfall of 500,000 workers in ITES and BPO sectors by 2010.

Assuming an average revenue par person of $55.000 over the next four years, 100,000 Knowledge workers point to a $5 billion market. This size though based on a CAGR of 32% is still 60% les than the Billion Potential projected by big KPOs, like Evalueserve, last year.

Research COO, Ashish Sinha says the sector is restricted by low employability despite high graduate turnout, and competing demand from other sector as jobs grow faster than the workforce.

For example all the 2,000-odd IIM and top 10 B-School graduates are employable, while less than half the 84,000 gradates from Tier-II B-Schools Would make the grade.

The study sees only 500,000 of the over 3 million Workers added to the labour pool in 2005 as employable in global firms and of these, just 2 in every 100 are likely to opt for work in knowledge space.



Since the phenomena of KPO began in a big way in developing nations, such as India, have undoubtedly benefited from the boom the KPO industry has helped to change the image of India to a potential economic super power the evening capacity of the wean rich employed in the It ensconcing industry has increased, and a sense of well being has permeated urban India with increased employment opportunities with in India. The fear of brain drain has been marginalized

Indian companies need to pull up their socks and tighten other business process such as the security confess, so that they story a float-and-swim- in global outsoaring market.

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Accounting Outsourcing -To the Rescue for Loss Making Firms

Have you ever lost sleep on what to do about the constant loss you face because of no sales? Have you been so stressed out that you have nightmares about the balance sheet not tallying? Does the constant need to look at the sales journal makes you want to go nuts? Are you one of those entrepreneurs who would do accounting work and at the same time also look after the business? If the answer to all these questions is in affirmative then you need the new services offered by accounting outsourcing.

Although accounting outsourcing is not entirely new and has been around for sometime, it has come to the forefront due to cost cutting and recession. The toll recession has taken in the lives of countless people is unimaginable. Loss of jobs, loss of business, no growth and major companies filing for recession has made the firms still alive seriously think about accounting outsourcing help. Also because their competitors are also following the same route and are reaping the benefits from it, it becomes important for businesses to use their help to stay in the race. The only strategy adopted by business houses is to survive. They need to stay there in the business so that when the market conditions improve they can come back on track.

Accounting outsourcing is basically done at a rate much cheaper than what a company would pay for its normal set of accountants. Accounting outsourcing work is done by developing countries. They too use the help of professionals to do the job but labour is cheap and the standard of living low. Hence they offer rates that are unimaginable according to normal standards. There are many countries in Asia that have accounting outsourcing firms. These are willing to work even in the night to match up to the global standards and be there when the business needs there instant help. Then the time difference would not matter at all.

A company who is opting to take the help of accounting outsourcing services needs to keep in mind the following. First is that the company needs to do a thorough research on the firms available on the Internet. The cost and the past experience should be that basis of qualification. There are firms that specialize on one industry so that would be beneficial to the company. Then the firm should get in touch with their operations and have a personal look how it functions. This would make the company believe in the firm.

The company then needs to give all the information available to the firm so that the firm can make good accounting decisions. Even losses are supposed to be honestly shown to the firm. This makes it very important to have a firm that does not cater to the competitive firms. A company should also make a mock test where for a week they could check the operations of the firm and decided whether they like the services offered or not.

The New Strategy Of Outsourcing Bookkeeping Services

Outsourcing various kinds of services including bookkeeping tasks is now the strategy of most of the businesses operating in different fields. As a result there is the spawning up of plenty of outsourcing companies; one can see that they have been making themselves available or making their presence felt in the market. Earlier, it used to be just a few home based individuals providing such value added bookkeeping services. But, all of a sudden, the demand just grew in an unprecedented manner and many bookkeeping companies were started just to provide the needy with reliable bookkeeping services. These companies generally hire qualified and skilled accountants or bookkeepers to focus on specialized services included in the profile of bookkeeping. This way, they deliver the projects to the companies which outsource them to these professional firms.

Outsourcing one’s bookkeeping tasks essentially means having another third party company or a group of bookkeepers maintain one’s company finances and accounts- all the expenses and income. Each and every transaction of the company or transactions made for the company would be recorded without fail by the other company. Earlier people used to wonder when a company resorted to outsourcing their activities. Well, there exist quite a lot many advantages- they will be able to save a vast majority of costs if they opt for outsourcing their bookkeeping tasks. Another benefit is that they won’t have to recruit additional bookkeepers or employees just to carry out their bookkeeping requirements. Hiring permanent staff costs a good deal of money. This is because the company would have to invest on capital for maintaining the office with supplies in addition to operating costs. When opting for bookkeeping outsourcing, those costs can be avoided and the company may probably end up saving about 40 to 50 percent of their operating expenses.

Since a professional bookkeeping company is hired to do services for you, they would in all possibility be client oriented. The turn-around time they boast of would normally be of a shorter duration. They would also be more responsive and attentive to your requests. Also, most of these outsourcing companies will have in their ranks some highly skilled employees and expert bookkeepers. Outsourcing the bookkeeping jobs would give them the opportunity to almost instantly delegate some of their duties. The client company do not need to worry about anything. In short, the client company will be able to give more focus to its core activities of business and the vital things that can really earn them some additional income. Meanwhile they are assured of having a very organized system of bookkeeping as well as financial records.

Another beneficial effect that ensues by outsourcing would be that since the company do not have to spend on additional capital investments, it would be able to reduce the total investment amount, and thereby risks. The company is presented with the opportunity to allocate more investment and that too on income generating areas and sectors.  In short, outsourcing bookkeeping jobs really brings in efficiency and effectiveness.

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What is Outsourcing?

So, what is outsourcing? Outsourcing is contracting with another company or person to do a particular function. Almost every organization outsources in some way. Typically, the function being outsourced is considered non-core to the business. An insurance company, for example, might outsource its janitorial and landscaping operations to firms that specialize in those types of work since they are not related to insurance or strategic to the business. The outside firms that are providing the outsourcing services are third-party providers, or as they are more commonly called, service providers.

Although outsourcing has been around as long as work specialization has existed, in recent history, companies began employing the outsourcing model to carry out narrow functions, such as payroll, billing and data entry. Those processes could be done more efficiently and therefore more cost-effectively, by other companies with specialized tools and facilities and specially trained personnel.

Currently, outsourcing takes many forms. Organizations still hire service providers to handle distinct business processes, such as benefits management. But some organizations outsource whole operations. The most common forms are information technology outsourcing (ITO) and business process outsourcing (BPO).

Business process outsourcing encompasses call center outsourcing, human resources outsourcing (HRO), finance and accounting outsourcing, and claims processing outsourcing. These outsourcing deals involve multi-year contracts that can run into hundreds of millions of dollars. Frequently, the people performing the work internally for the client firm are transferred and become employees for the service provider. Dominant outsourcing service providers in the information technology outsourcing and business process outsourcing fields include IBM, EDS, CSC, HP, ACS, Accenture and Capgemini.

Some nimble companies that are short on time and money, such as start-up software publishers, apply multisourcing — using both internal and service provider staff — in order to speed up the time to launch. They hire a multitude of outsourcing service providers to handle almost all aspects of a new project, from product design, to software coding, to testing, to localization, and even to marketing and sales.

The process of outsourcing generally encompasses four stages:

  1. Strategic thinking, to develop the organization’s philosophy about the role of outsourcing in its activities.
  2. Evaluation and selection, to decide on the appropriate outsourcing projects and potential locations for the work to be done and service providers to do it.
  3. Contract development, to work out the legal, pricing and service level agreement (SLA) terms.
  4. Outsourcing management or governance, to refine the ongoing working relationship between the client and outsourcing service providers.

In all cases, outsourcing success depends on three factors: executive-level support in the client organization for the outsourcing mission; ample communication to affected employees; and the client’s ability to manage its service providers. The outsourcing professionals in charge of the work on both the client and provider sides need a combination of skills in such areas as negotiation, communication, project management, the ability to understand the terms and conditions of the contracts and service level agreements (SLAs), and, above all, the willingness to be flexible as business needs change.

The challenges of outsourcing become especially acute when the work is being done in a different country (offshored), since that involves language, cultural and time zone differences.

Reasons To Outsource:

Software Outsourcing has long passed the fad or buzzword stage. It is here to stay as an IT trend which has evolved, grown, matured and is living up to and outgrowing its potential. Especially with companies that wish to cut costs while gaining access to world-class software engineers, it is no more an option but a smart decision. One of the strongest factors that attracts most of the Fortune 500 companies worldwide to the outsourcing industry is the significant savings attached to a software outsourcing project. On an average, companies report 40% to 60% increase in net savings with the help of Offshore IT Outsourcing. Half of all the fortune 500 companies today target offshore software development in India. The core reason for preferring India, as an offshore development partner, to other competing destinations in offshore IT Outsourcing business is a vast pool of educated human resource combined with world-class quality offerings and ever encouraging Government policies for the IT sectors.

Key benefits of software outsourcing :

Cost Efficiency Labor cost savings may reach up to 90% for routine low-level tasks as compared with in-house development in North America and Western Europe.
Significant reduction of development time and, thus, speed-to-market becomes invaluable advantage in a present-day competitive environment. Availability of trained IT staff Immediate access to a large pool of best industry talents allows to overcome hiring gap for IT professionals in the developed countries. Flexible manpower utilization By using outsourcing model. Company cuts down its housing, recruiting and training expenses. Development risk minimization Proven development process and quality management system. No up-front investments No up-front investments on the customer’s part.